Scanning electron microscopy of synaptonemal complexes

A. L. Barlow, G. Jenkins, I. Ap Gwynn

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The novel application of scanning electron microscopy to study whole-mount surface-spread synaptonemal complex complements of rye (Secale cereale) and rat (Rattus norvegicus) is described. Scanning electron microscopy is able to resolve the third dimension in such preparations and improve the tracing of the continuity of lateral elements without losing information that could be obtained by conventional transmission electron microscopy. This improvement is likely to benefit detailed studies of chromosome synapsis and karyology, and may provide a means of circumventing technical obstacles inhibiting the use of surface-spreads as substrates forin situ hybridization under the electron microscope.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalChromosome Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 1993


  • rat
  • rye
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • synaptonemal complex


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